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Teen in custody after bear spray attack at SkyTrain station

Last Updated Nov 9, 2017 at 3:17 pm PDT

(Photo by Dustin Godfrey for NEWS 1130)

Man and his son were attacked because the suspect reportedly thought they were walking too slow

Teen has a history of run-ins with police

NEW WESTMINSTER (NEWS 1130) – A 17-year-old accused of using bear spray to attack a man earlier this month at a Burnaby SkyTrain station is still in custody.

Transit Police say on November 1st at about 9:40 a.m., a man and his son were walking down the stairs as they left the platform, when they were confronted by the teen who thought they were walking too slowly.

When the man turned to speak to him, the teen reportedly sprayed bear spray in the man’s face. The victim and some other passengers were treated for breathing issues after the teen took off.

A Burnaby RCMP officer heard a description of the suspect over the police radio and identified the teen.

At 11:30 a.m. the follow day, the teen was arrested at his school. He has been charged with one count of assault with a weapon and one count of possession of a weapon for a dangerous purpose.

Investigators say the accused is well known to police, having been convicted of several violent offences earlier this year.